Welcome to this week’s edition of our SnippETS newsletter.
This week in SnippETS we look at the climate change challenge and how our PM went at the recent UN summit, what others are doing in this space globally, and sustainability reporting in big business.
We see how blockchain may help tackle issues of transparency, accountability and traceability in green projects, and then two articles on what’s happening with hydrogen as a fuel.
Next, a couple of articles on green buildings and energy efficiencies in these, and we finish off with a not so positive article on dirt, and the problems (and some solutions) associated with soil erosion.
Our first article notes that Jacinda Ardern has been busy putting New Zealand back on the map and gaining a lot of kudos in the process. Even though NZ has just 0.16% of global emissions, our new found voice and efforts in the climate change area are welcomed. Jacinda received healthy applause when she announced the oil and gas ban to the UN, and has also been popular with US media.
“It takes energy to make energy” might well have been the title of our next article. When people think of China, they may think “pollution” and “coal”, but China is also driving the world’s renewable energy sector. It’s a double edged sword, but true to say that China is both the biggest polluter AND one of the biggest forces of positive change in the world today. This article lays this out quite well.
There is a growing movement within the corporate sector to report on sustainability. Recently two of the most important reporting standards organisations, (GRI and SASB), agreed that they will align their standards wherever possible. With approximately half of global assets held under signatories to the Principles for Responsible Investment Agreement, it seems that the trend is set to grow.